>> this is aljazeera america, live from new york city. and i'm thomas with a look at today's top stories. fda moves for banning transfat. >> the ayes are 64, and the nays are 32. the bill, as amended, is passed. >> the senate makes history passing a bill that would ban workplace discrimination against gays. key players talk over iran's nuclear program, and some of them are optimistic. good to have you with us.
>> the senate has moved to outlaw workplace discrimination. right now, 21 states and washington d.c. ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. and gender identity. but in 29 states, employers are able to treat people differently because of sexual orientation or gender identity. just a few hours, the senate approved the act to panthers super discriminating against transgender workers. it's far from over, mike. >> there is a big brick voila waiting this legislation in the house, but today, a good day for the supporters of the legislation in the lgbt community, as well as other workers who support gay rights. and there are an chretien number of americans who do in fact
support rights for the lgbt community. 60%, according to a poll last summer in june. that's up from 49% from six years ago, and thomas, it's reflected this the politics of this. you mentioned a big day for democrats, but ten republicans in the senate voted in favor of this legislation. among them, some conservative members. pat toomey, and jeff flake from arizona as well. there are federal laws that ban scrim face from any number of people in our society, you can't based on faith, gender, race, ethnicity, age or disability, but you could, and you can discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. you mentioned the fact that the house of representatives, speaker, john boehner, does not favor this legislation. says that it would hurt small businesses because there would be an increase in litigation that would cause small
businesses to have to defend themselves in court. the white house dismisses that excuse. the white house's reaction and in the senate, here's what he had to stay. >> some of the objection that's i've heard from members of the house are reminiscent of objections of other opponents of other civil rights legislation put forward. they were wrong then and they're wrong now. this is the right thing to do. it's the wrong thing to do because we're all equal. -- right thing to do. >> again, the party of social conservatives and members of congress, and the business community simply the lower taxes of the regulation-free environment. the family research council, a leading research organization, here's what they had to say about the legislation today...,.
marriage equality. you know, 15 years ago, 17 years ago, when this was last voted on in the senate, it was a very different moment. yeah. people were raising all kinds of objections. yeah, i mean the idea that you would even have a law that protected -- offered civil rights protections to gays and lesbian s was unheard of. some would say why are you protecting these people? >> how far have we come in here you have john boehner saying this is an unnecessary law. >> well, we have come very far in terms of people's attitudes. we have come very far culturally. you know, you see in people's everyday life, they accept their -- that gays and lesbian s
are their family members, friends, so culturally, you know, turn on t.v. there are gay characters in every major t.v. show. but i think politically we have a long way to go. in this country, we have, you know, we have the government is, you know, stuck in a cultural mindset but especially on this issue where you see john boehner and the republicans in the house are going to block this no matter what. i think that if the house allowed a vote on it, that many republicans -- there are many fair-minded republicans. many would support it. >> you think it will pass, though? >> i think it will. obviously, some day, it will pass. at a time will not be belong, but it -- you know, it will probably not be in this congress because john boehner is going to block it even though many people in his caucus would support it,
you know, the republican leadership won't allow a need for this. >> do you see a need? >> a basic need for it as the set-upshow place showed, places where it is needed most, there is no protection. anybody could just be fired. you know, someone could fire you because you were gay and it would be perfectly legal in most places in this country. >> richard segeridies, thank you for your time. today's vote is a major development in a nearly two-decade long effort. the act was first introduced in 1994. the senate voted on the bill in 1996, but rejected it. in 1998, president bill clinton signed an executive order, as we mentioned. it banned discrimination based upon sexual orientation in the federal civilian work force. the bill was reintroduced in successive congresses. in 2007, it was updated to add gender identity. that same year, the house passed
the bill but it died in the senate. the bill was reintroduced again this year in the senate finally, passed it. let's talk about our other top story. trans fats. substances found in many processed food but it has been found to raise the level of bad cholesterol which can raise the risk of heart disease. the fda wants to eliminate most transfats but we don't know know when a ban would take effect. over the past few years, california as well as counties and cities have banned transfats. margarine, fast foods, baked goods and breakfast foods, foods that you love mark snyder has reaction to today's announcements. lunchtime in downtown dallas and the food trucks are swamped. here you can make healthy or not so healthy choices. arena johnson goes fohealthy but
she said avoiding transfats is her choice. >> it's a waste of time. it's a waste of time. waste of government money. it's a personal choice. >> trans fats extent check lives like frozen pizza, cookie dough and popcorn. they are used by some restaurants to improve texture and flavor. many communities have already banned trans fats. many food makers have dropped them. now, the food and drug administration says it's time to phase them out nationwide. >> the fda calls this a lifesaving proposition, estimating the new rules would prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths a year from heart disease. scientists say transfats are the worst kind of fat for your heart. they can increase bad cholesterol raising your risk of heart disease. registered diettition meghan ware says she doesn't see a ban as controversial at all? >> they can be replaced with other things. so a lot of the manufacturers
have already taken them out of their products, they have replaced them with something else. so thoughts products aren't going away. they are still there. cheetos and fritos and the packaged desserts are still there. there is just a different chemical or additive they are adding to the foods that is recognized as safe for us. >> everyone we talked to at the food trucks agree transfats are bad but felt there had to be better ways than new regulation to get them out of our diets. >> companies will stop using transfats as a natural result of people not buying products with transfat. >> the fda has not set a timetable for the transfat phaseout mark schneider, al jazeera, dallas. >> a developing story, president obama spoke this afternoon about the issues behind the affordable care act he addressed the problems people have had with keeping their own insurances. >> i'm sorry that they are finding themselves in this
situation based upon ainsurance they got to me. we have to work hard to know we hear them to deal well folks who find themselves in a tough decision as a consequence of this. >> before the obamacare roleout, the president promise inside americans liked their current policy, they could keep it. that has not been the case for hundreds of people who have received cancellation notices. there may be progress in efforts to end a long stand-off over iran's nuclear program. iran and single world powers including the united states have begun another round oftacks in geneva. phil itner has more. >> the general atmosphere in general eva has been cautious optimism. there is talk perhaps some sort of deal is being negotiated behind closed doors here in these important meetings. one of the first things that gave us that indication was the announcement that the head of the iranian delegation would not take a short little trip over to italy to have meetings there but would stay and have bilateral
meetings with, among others, the united states. the word that some sort of plan is being put together, some sort of agreement, has been met with cautious optimism here in general over. but in the united states and in iran, there has been cause for concern that perhaps too many con sessions are being made. it isn't just iran and america showing those concern as israeli netanyahu had to say today. >> there are proposals on the table in geneva today that would ease the pressure on iran that are not concessions at all. israel totally opposes these propocee proposals. i believe adopting them would be a mistake of historic proportions. >> what those are, what the prime minister of israel knows that we don't know in geneva? well, it's not clear, but before the beginning of these meetings, we were aware that the americans
had put forward a plan that there would be a six-month period in which some sanctions would be eased. americans are quick to mention that that easing could be easily -- could be quickly reversed and that it would not be the core system of sanctions that would be changed and, on the other side, that the iranians would be more transparent and that they would see at least some levels of their enrichment program. if, indeed, there is progress being made, it is thought something might come out tomorrow. whether or not it will be inc. on paper is too soon to say. but the general atmosphere in geneva is that substantive progress is being made as the americans have put it: this could be the first step in a processes that ultimately will lead to resolution of this conflict between iran and the west. >> once again, phil itner in geneva. we are just now getting word the
associated pres is reporting secretary of state john kerri will join talks in geneva. palestinian leaders are calling to an investigation into the death of yasar arafat. isrene has a reaction from the west bank. >> for passers buy in the vegetable market, it their laid lig leader assar arafaf but the recent confirmation that he was almost certainly poisoned does not surprise him. >> the authorities and all parties concerned have to reveal and go after the perpetrators and take them to court. it is impossible that the palestinians are behind the killing. there is absolutely no way they would kill their own leader.
it must have been done underhandedly. >> suspicions that he died of poisoning. tra >> translator: we started by measuring the level in mr mr. arafat's underwear. we found the amount found was significantly minor what would be expected. >> a credible investigation must be launched. some go as far as blaming israel for poisoning him. >> it is only the israelis who have the means and motive to commit this crime. you cannot bring this into the country without the knowledge of the israeli. >> they plan to publish the results of the swiss report as
well as a similar russian report it received last week. eight years after he was buried here, parts of his remains were exhumed last year upon the request of his widow and the palestinian authority. israeli say they have nothing to do with his death and they are watching on the sidelines. many palestinians say otherwise. israeli officials argue israel could not have possibly been involved in arafat's death because he fell ill in an area under full palestinian control room. at the time of arafat's death s israel had laid siege controlling what could go in and out. the israelis and palestinians are edge gauged in a nine-month period of negotiations brokered by the united states. some say the revelations about the conditions of arafat's death make negotiations with the israelis difficult. >> one of the strongest storms
of the year vlad slammed into the philippines today a short time ago, a typhoon made landfall in the densely populated country. with thousands evacuated, the president is now urging people to leave coastal areas where massive waves could wipe out villages. with more, let's go to rebecca stevenson. this is a powerful storm, rebecca. >> it is, thomas. it is potentially catastrophic storm. as we see this continue to track over the next 24 hours across the southern portions of the philippine islands. it has made landfall and this power of typhoon, super typhoon is equivalent to a category 5 hurricane. and this is spanning a stretch of about 1200 miles wide. visible from space, the storm is so massive, so we are very concerned about the population which is in the millions here for the southern island of philippines as the storm has made landfall for the southern islands now, it is going to continue to track slowly off to the west.
now, with this storm, we are expecting exceptional amounts of rainfall. we are already getting about two inches an hour of rain coming down and the winds, they are going to get up to -- well, actually, satellite estimates are bringing them to 195 miles an hour. >> that's sustained winds alone. gusts are 200 to 250 miles an hour. we are definitely keeping an eye on the storm. a closer look, you can see it's very specific eye wall indicating the power and the strength of the storm as it's still moving over warm waters. it should not weaken quite a bit at all. we have the storm now that's been picked up on the radar and you could see that it has just passed for just over and we are going to see it moving south for the course of the next half an hour 30 to 45 minutes. we will track the storm through the night and get what observations we possibly can on the strength of the storm. >> we will watch it closely. it's day 1 for twitter on the
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welcome back. day 1 for twitter as a publically traded company. it's stock surged more than 70%. real money's ali velshi will talk about this on his show. sum up your thoughts in 140 characters. >> i am surprised you are with us. you didn't just catch out your winnings. you know why you are still working here? rich people, well-connected people, high-rolling investors. 26 bucks and turned around and sold it will at 45.10 which was what the first trade was this morning. >> that's the problem.
it went up almost to $50 today. guess what: it closed at 44.90, which is a drop of half a percent for 73% for the few people on who could get it at the ipo price. they thought it was as hot. doesn't mean it's not going to do well. you look at google, amazon. these stocks have done well. for every one of those, i can give you a groupon, a zinga that didn't. my feeling is it was a momentum play for most people. >> that's why i am sitting here right now. do you think this will last? we saw faw facebook start strong and then it dropped. >> thomas, if i knew that much, i would be phoning this report in from my yacht. >> you and me both. >> let's look at the latest gdp numbers. >> the biggest measure of the
economy we have got. for the third quarter, it showed we grew on annual rate of 2.8%. >> that's much faster than we grew in the second quarter, and by the way, much more than what economists had expected to happen. however, once you start gdiggin into that a little bit, you find out it's not for the right reasons. it was fueled largely by businesses restocking their shelves over the summer, but it might signal some slower growth later on as they sort of burn through those inventories. it wasn't the right reason, but it is growing. the economy is growing for whatever reasonfo a little faster. >> what is coming up at 7:00 p.m. eastern? >> i have the sister of the most well known ceo in silicon mark zucker buy's sister, randy, about unplugging, becoming unwired. a bit of the story of the early days of facebook. >> never miss your show. "real money" with ali velshi. thank you. >> president obama is visiting louisiana to talk about growing
u.s. exports. the state is really to cash in. >> reporter: the southern bend of the mississippi river twists from baton rouge to new orleans, the gulf of mentixico and the world. >> this is interstate of waterways. >> big barges carry commodities that feed the globe and oil and gas that powers it. and america's cheap energy production costs are about to flow down the river and drive an economic bonanza and a surge of jobs. >> an absolutely economic boom. what you have here is just something that has not been witnessed in the united states. this is 80 to $100,000,000,000 in major investments. >> this is the largest tonnage port in the entire western hemisphere, the port of south louisiana. as the construction boom goes here, state and local officials say it will create tens of thousands of jobs over the coming decades and bring in
revenue like the state has never seen before. how much will these new jobs pay? >> $83,000 annually with overtime. you may look at 120 dollars a year. >> wow. >> roy quizar runs this port. he says the main reason for the expansion, historically low natural gas prices that the world wants now. with that comes a huge discount. >> because of the new and innovative way of tapping at a time natural gas reserve here in louisiana, fracturing. >> fapharmaceut caddell, plasti want in. >> we have companies from south africa to new zealand to australia to germany all coming in to louisiana. >> with expansion of this size, there is caution. can the state attract enough skilled workers? how safe is the development in an already fragile ecosystem?
>> we need to have our eye on the environmental side of this and make sure that the environmental side is well protected as well and not do do things in a cavalier manner. >> what state where energy is king, money talks major dollars, billions of dollars, to develop and enhance and expand facilities. >> energy has driven boom and bust. the price is socially, environmentally and the good times roll. reserve, louisiana. >> joining us with sports with one of the biggest nights of college football in recent memory. >> good time to be at home in front of your t.v.s. plural. bcs standings cock affected tonight with two games featuring serious national title con tenders.
as number 3 oregon visits stanford and baylor hosts oklahoma. they were staged on thursday nights 22 years ago. before todnight, there had only been 25 games total featuring two ranked teams tonight. we get two teams. tony dorset is the latest former n.f.l. to say he is suffer from cte caused by repetitive brain trauma in an interview, he said he suffers from memory loss and severe mood swings. in soccer, fifa president has asked iranian officials to allow women into stadiums to watch soccer matches. currently women in that country are not allowed to go to stadiums to watch but they can watch many other sports including volleyball and basketball. more news on the miami dolphins hazing scandal. >> we will see you. thank you. >> intelligence hearings are usually held behind closed doors. not today. britain's top spies making no secret about how they feel about
welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at top stories at this hour: president obama is apologizing for a promise he couldn't keep in an interview with nbc news. the president says he is sorry to anyone who has lost their health insurance because of the affordable care act. during the push to get the law passed, president obama frequently said anyone who likes their plan would be able to keep it the fda plans to take trans fat out of the american diet. a move toward banning the substance which is found in processed foods. trans fat causes heart disease disease, the leading cause of death in this country. the senate has approved a bill that bans employers from discriminating against people based upon sexual orientation. it still faces a battle in the house of representatives where speaker john boehner is opposed to the measure. the associate's press is
reporting secretary of state john kerry could join the geneva talks on iranias nuclear program. iran expressed optimism about those talks. palestinian leaders are calling for an international investigation into the death of yassar arafat. access has obtained new evidence that suggests he was poisoned. swiss scientists confirmed that tests shows elevated levels of a toxic substance in his body. however, they said they can't determine the source of the radioactive pluonium. here to talk about it is david brenner, the director for the center of radiological research at columbia university. he is joining us in studio. good to have you with us? >> how much do we know about pulonium? >> a good deal about the effects. very little on human beings. there have been many studies over many decades on the effects
on animals. it's a radioactive metal, extraordinarily poisonous, a very small fraction of a gram is lethal. but the issue is pulomium, if you tried to get hold of some, you would not be able to. >> what does it do to the body? >> basically, it has a lot of damaging functions but the way people would die from pulonium poison is through the blood cells being killed. we need, of course, our red blood cells and white blood cells to survive. this would basically kill off the sorts of our new blood cells. >> how difficult is it to find pulonium in the body after death? >> it depends when you ask that question. immediately after death, it would be easy indeed. it's a radioactive material. it de-kayes away over time. right now, there would be less
than a millionth the amount of pulonium that would have been in mr. arafat's body eight or nine years ago. >> almost a decade after, do you have doubts about what the swiss researchers have found? >> there are questions to be raised. the amount of pulonium right now is miniscule. it's only a little bit above the natural background level of pulonium we all have in our bodies. so we have to take those measurements and then go back and say, well, what would it have been eight or nine years ago? >> one uncertainty. the mezof yourments are difficult to do. the big uncertainty is looking at mr. arafat in the days before he died. one of the things that radiation, high doses of radiation always do to people who are exposed is epilation. the removes their hair.
his harrah week or so before he died was the way it always was. >> in 2003 and the year he had the facial hair? >> that is a real flag that may be potentially it was not a radiation related death. i don't think we can say that for certain. only two people have ever died apart from potentially mr mr. arafat from a pulonium poisoning. we have very, very limited experience of how pulonium affects anyone. >> the russian journalist, in that case, he lost his hair? >> that's absolutely correct. alexander lupenanko was certainly poisoned by pulonium. that, we know for sure. if you look at picture of him before and after, he most certainly lost all of his facial
share. studies of animals show they lose their hair. the fact mr. arafat did not is suspicious but we know so little, perhaps he responded differently from mr. lipinenko. >> davidrenner from columbia university, appreciate your time. >> you are welcome. >> unprecedented hearing, the u.k. spy chief spoke in a televised public event for the first time today. it responded to charges they invaded the privacy of bred issue citizenship on the heels of documents leaked by edward snowden. they insisted they are protecting britain's freedom and democracy. >> the leaks from snowed deny have been damaging. they are adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee.
al-qaeda is lapping it up. >> they notice since 2005 there have been 34 terrorist bloplots that their agencies have disrupted. the cia is shelling out big bucks to at&t. the agency is paying $10 million every year to access the company's database. this is according to the "new york times." at and t provides call numbers for suspected terrorists. it hands over the information voluntarily. central african republic is on the brink of genocide. rebels took over the government in a coup in march. things are spiraling out of control. situated near the equator, central african republic is one of the poorest countries in the world. it's rich in natural resources. while the country dealt with political insecurity for decades, this time, it's worse with fighting that's pitted christians and muslims against each other. in an exclusive report, al jazeera has evidence of
government forces committing atrocities against civilians. nazanene, mizuri has the story >> reporter: two of her it children were murdered in front of her. she was shot in the back. she says she hasn't got the strength to look after the three children who survived. all she can think about is that terrible night. >> translator: everyone was sleeping except me. i was in the corner of the hut by the door. someone shied a torch and sprayed bullet. i was shouting, i have a baby in my hands. why are you shooting? then they stopped shooting. everyone sleeping on the floor was already dead. the 16-year-old girl was also there that night. she has lost the lower part of her leg. this woman was shot in the back.
the youngest vict i78 just two weeks old. the shooting happened around 5 kilometers from the bush. the forces accompany us as we make our way there. witnesses say on the night of october 26th, a local man brought soldiers to the hut. he told them: anti-government rebels were hiding inside. >> there is clear evidence of what happened here. we have found spent casings and bullets. there is blood all over the ground, a dead puppy, as you can see and a bullet embedded in the wall surrounded by blood. the stench of death here is just overwhelming. there were 30 people crammed inside this tiny shack. it's incredible anyone managed to survive when the shooting
started. there is a graves. >> larise's husband tells us where he was hiding. he watched helpless as his 6-year-old son was killed. so when they shot my little boy, i laid down on the ground and i heard my wife screaming and crying. i broke down in tears. i was devastated. >> reporter: human rights groups say security fors in central republican republic are out of control. they have documented executions and recruitment of child soldiers. >> when we arrived in bafgee, the jobless and big-time ban dits and escape eases from prison they dressed in university and said they were selica. it's difficult for me. i don't know who they are. it's hard for me to control them. >> most people here saw they
won't find justice in what happened as long as the armed men committing these kinds of crimes are also responsible for law and order. nazane mashiri, western central african republic. mexico's president is saying his country is gaining ground on drug-related violence. the city of monterrey has been hailed for a big drop in crime. some say things aren't what they see. rachel levin reports >> reporter: on patrol sergeant, these police officers are heading to la independencea neighborhood, one of the most dangerous in monterey, mention close. >> better equipped and more carefully vetted. they are part of a new state police force formed two years ago when this city was in the grip of organized crime. arrival drug car tells battle each other. up to seven people a day were murdered here it turned the city, which was once considered
one of the safest in latin america into a place many feared. gi giller mo shows me the atmosphere and shows how they used powerful guns against his men. >> nobody wanted to leave their house. it was so unsafe. >> but these days, the gun battles are fewer. the murder rate this year is half of what it was in 2011 at the height of the violence. >> when this it was created, there were a little over 400 members. that number has grown to over 3,500. while the government is quick to credit these men and women from improve -- for improving execute, many others say there is still a long way to go. like this mother, who prays she will one day see her daughter again. four months ago, she went missing. >> cecilia, a 20-year-old aspiring model told her mom she was going to the movies. she never came home. afraid to speak out, she said
she is skeptical the city is now safe. >> it's not true that we've got through the worst because otherwise, this wouldn't be happening to me. it's not just my daughter who is missing. there are many others. >> it's not just kidnappings that are on the rise. many shops and businesses remain closed in this downtown neighborhood where criminal gangs are known to extort the owners. but this criminal nolth believes the city is on the right track. >> in on will on good i is . >> it's too early to declare victory. we have work to do in bringing down crime overall. >> for guillermo and his men, it's a challenge they welcome. they hope some say soon this street will be one of the safest in the country. in a show of bi-partisanship s john mancien, a democrat from
west virginia and mark kirk from illinois have introduced a bill to delay the individual man data portion of the affordable healthcare law. the proposed legislation would push back the man data by one year to, including the $95 penalty for opting out. it follows the troubled rollout of the website launched on october 1st. it's more than just a workout. next on al jazeera america, veterans turn to mixed martial arts to deal with post-traumatic stre stress. a hazing saga continues to develop. when we come back, michael eaves will join us with sports. how can you fully understand the impact unless you've heard angles you hadn't considered? antonio mora brings you smart conversation that challenges
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welcome back. for some people who train in mixed martial arts, it's not just a workout. veterans are turning to it as a way to combat post-traumatic stress disorder. natasha spoke with one veteran who is doing just that. >> when steven bruno is training and fighting, he says he is so focused on mixed martial arts or mma that every other thought slips away including at a time flashbacks of nearly drowning in the persian gulf after a helicopter crash. >> the gym has been my peace. nothing will make you feel more alive than getting put through the ringer in here. >> the 31-year-old veteran has suffered from ptsd since 2002. the airman was in a helicopter patrolling the gulf. the pilot clipped the mast of a ship. the helicopter spiraled 80 feet into the water. >> then i was drowning right after that. i knew to get out.
i knew where the door was. i knew the helicopter was going to flip over. i was in bad shape. >> that's when i started feeling pain right away. >> he broke his back, leg and nose. he is that you wanted by the memory of watching a photo journalist on board drown. eleven years later, he says no day passes without thinking about the crash but fighting professionally and training people in mma has been his therapy. >> there is amount more you could get in here thank you sitting around in a circle hugging a pillow. it's a positive environment, similar to the military you were around, fighters and elite people and specialized groups it's part of being on a team and working towards a common goal. >> neurologist sean kinez has worked with injured veterans. he can see why they might find a quote physical and emotional cath arrest sys. >> a lot of returning veterans feel a lack of sense of control. mastering not only your mma skills in the ring but being
able to subdued another opponent gives you an enormous sense of control and security. >> there is no scientific data backing up veterans experiences. kneff says he is concerned about taking blows to the head which are unavoidable in mma. >> they are entering a sport where 30, 40% of the time they will sustain some kind of head injury, a light concussion to severe concussion. that kind of damage might do more harm than help. >> he knows ptsd might be the most formidable opponent he will ever face. >> one day at a time. he says he will continue using mma to conquer it. natasha gname. broward county florida. >> michael eaves joining us with sports. the miami dolphins hazing scandal revealing quite a bit
about locker room conduct. >> for the general public, it's probably alarming. general manager geoff ireland reportedly told jonathan martin's age he should up cog neat 0 in the face as a way of dealing with his bullying, in the wake of reports that dolphins' coaches had asked incognito to tough en him up. he is seeking treatment for emotional distress. the former and current dolphin flares continue to show support for incognito. >> no. no. none at all. you know, i think if you would ask john martin a week before, he would say incognito. the first guy to stand up, any kind of tulsa, richie was the first guy there. when they wanted to hang out outside of football, who was together? richie and jonathan. i am not in those guys' shoes.
i can't explain what's going on. >> now dave ziron. you have covered sports and locker rooms for a long time as have i. we know certain things happen that the general public have no clue about. this is one of those situations this was quite troubling for a lot of people. why do you think so? >> it shows just how far deeply down the well it, in fact goes that is what is bothering people so much because you look at what's happening in the miami dolphins locker room. what you are seeing is an out-sized version of what happens in many locker rooms, a culture of deep hierarchyy, hazing and bullying and a culture of violent and even racial threats. does it happen in other locker rooms, absolutely. if it's happening, it seems like in the dolphin's locker room, it's beyond other teams. i thinks that's in what is upsetting. there are seeing the kind of power relationships that exist and what happens if these power relationships go unmonitored or
in the case of the dolfiges, if you have the coaches and even now we are seeing the general manager, give it all a kind of tacit approval. >> you talk to former players and coaches and to a man, they typically say that, yeah, this happens all the time. they seize a volume whether it's team building or to prepare players for what they may face during the case of a game from an opponent. it may look like bullying from their standpoint. they are trying to toughen up their teammate from what they face. is there value in that? >> i think this is exactly the kind of thinking that we need to leave back in the early part of the 20th century and we are years past when this should have been thrown out the window. the marine corps has had uniform guidelines against hazing. 16 years since, there are not rules that governor this behavior. one of the surprise teams is the chicago bears. the bears are right now tied for the lead in their division in
the nfc. check this out mark tresman, the new coach of the bears at the beginning of the season, with very little publicity said, you know what? the hazing has to stop. the bullying has to stop. i don't want that in this locker room. this is all coming out now because a lot of the members of the bears are saying you know what? maybe we didn't need this stuff. maybe this stuff is actually kind of destructive. maybe what builds team cohesion is people treating each other with respect, and not some kind of antediluvian frat house. >> during a radio interview, it was said it's hard to call this bullying when the nature of football is bully your opponent. your reaction? >> that comment, i mean let's start with the source because that actually broke my heart a little bit because ricky williams is somebody who, as a player, stood up to this jock hyper manu linnist code and said i have mental health issues. i suffer from depression. you would think ricky williams
might be sympathetic to jonathan martin and people like him who maybe aren't built for this kind of bullying culture but should have the right if they are decent enough players to be in an n.f.l. locker room. >> that's disappointing. the second thing is there is truth to what ricky williams is saying is that this is a violent sport. it shouldn't surprise us there is violence in the locker room, that somehow is generalized and justified to be helpful yet at the same time, i think we have to start to realize this is a workplace, a multi-billion dollar corporation, unionized workers and as the n.f.l. players' association said today, people have the right to go to work in any work environment and feel safe. >> dave zirin, we appreciate the time and the insight? >> my privilege. thank you. >> that's the dilemma that a lot of people are thinking. can you compare typical work places to locker rooms and professional sports? e sp especially in a violent sport.
we will see what the league says. >> a lot of people are criticizing the players association for not speaking out sooner. >> absolutely. >> we will see how this plays out. michael, thank you. are you afraid of dinosaurs? >> no. how about in jurassic park? >> yes. >> check this out. they call him king of gore. the great uncle of the tyranasaurus rex he is about 10 million years older. the public got to see him for the first time at utah's natural history museum on wednesday. the olympic torch is taking a different path to the winter games in a rocket. >> liftoff in the spacecraft on a truly olympic leap. >> three astronauts took off earlier from kzakstan and on saturday will take the torch on the first space walk. it will not be lit for obvious
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the jetstream is slowly sagging southward. as it does, we are getting more of a system after system rolling off of the pacific. here is the one that tracked through earlier today and it has brought gusty winds anywhere from 25 to 30 miles an hour. now, this storm is also moving right over into montana, too. we are getting a lot of mountain snow out of this particular storm system. right now, we are seeing wind xwufts up to 20 miles an hour
for large parts of the northwest. it hasn't quite picked up yet in parts of montana. but we do have some wind advisories that are issued for washington and/orgon. we are going do see the winds picking up and getting pretty strong in parts of montana. this is where all of the snow is going to fall back in central idaho. you can see the high wind warning that's gone into effect now for gusts 45 to 50 miles an hour along with all of that mountain snow. it's going to be tough travel over the passes of the west here for the next day or two especially with all of the fresh snow on the ground and the passes. so temperatures are dropping behind the storm system and we have been cooling off slowly but surely tomorrow. we are going to see temperatures staying quite cool. right now, it's only 50 in seattle and it's only 48 for billings, but this is just the first edge of that cold air that's going to be dropping out of canada for the week ahead. now, we've got cold air that's been pushing into parts of the northeast. first, it gave us the rain and that rain has slowly been changing over to scattered rain showers for parts of virginia, up into connecticut including
manhattan and into new jersey as well. you can see that on the radar as that large band of rain tracks across a large part of the east. now, it's moving out. but behind it, dryer air. >> that's going to dry us off, gives us nice sunshine. however, it's going to get chilly and the winds are going to be gusty at times as that cooler air starts to track in, dropping down to 26 degrees cooler in pittsburgh than it was at the same hour last night. that cold air, of course, tracking towards raleigh and even atlanta, getting about 15 degrees cooler today, still we have the overnight lows to get to. so a preview of those as that cold air starts to move in. you can see some snow around the great lakes, high temperatures into the 20s for minneapolis. chilly indeed. temperatures only getting near 50 for high temperatures on the east coast tomorrow.
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